If a driver strikes you while you are traveling as a pedestrian in Denver, Colorado, you could suffer life-changing physical and psychological injuries. Pedestrian accidents are extremely costly for victims in more ways than one. If you or a loved one was injured in a pedestrian accident, please contact Dormer Harpring for a free consultation with one of our experienced Denver accident attorneys. You may be eligible for financial compensation for your past and future losses.
Denver has an enormous amount of pedestrian activity as one of the most populated cities in Colorado. Tourists and residents alike take to the streets and sidewalks to get around in an eco-friendly way. Unfortunately, being a pedestrian is getting more and more dangerous each year due to hazards such as distracted driving.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 5,977 pedestrians lost their lives in traffic accidents in 2017 (the most recent year data is available). Additionally, about 137,000 pedestrians were treated in hospitals for crash-related injuries. In Colorado, data for 2017 reported 92 pedestrian fatalities, an increase of 16.5% from 79 deaths in 2016. Pedestrians are about 1.5 times more likely to die in car accidents than passenger vehicle occupants.
The number of pedestrian accidents in Colorado would be drastically reduced if driver errors were eliminated. Driver mistakes are the number one cause of pedestrian-vehicle collisions throughout the U.S. Drivers are often guilty of overestimating their abilities, trying to multitask behind the wheel and breaking traffic laws. Sadly, these mistakes can lead to pedestrian injuries and deaths.
The most common causes of pedestrian accidents in Denver, Colorado include:
These are all preventable errors that can be avoided if a driver obeys Colorado’s roadway rules and behaves prudently behind the wheel. Other common causes of pedestrian accidents in Denver include poorly designed crosswalks, lack of pedestrian passageways and pedestrian error.
When determining liability (legal responsibility) for a pedestrian accident, it is necessary to look at the fault law in the state where the accident took place. There are fault and no-fault states. Colorado is a fault car accident state, meaning the person who caused the collision must pay for the injuries and losses suffered.
If it were a no-fault state, on the other hand, fault would be irrelevant, as all victims would file first-party insurance claims regardless of fault. The party that is liable for your pedestrian accident could be a driver, the City of Denver, a property owner or a combination of parties. The answer will depend on the cause of the collision.
If you’ve suffered a pedestrian accident injury, please don’t hesitate to contact the Denver personal injury lawyers at Dormer Harpring. We offer free initial consultations, where we will ask you questions about your accident and give you sound legal advice. If we believe your case has merit, we may offer to represent you during an insurance claim or injury lawsuit.
We will fight relentlessly on your behalf to advocate for the best possible results, making sure your family has what it needs to move forward. Call (303) 747-4404 or contact us online today to schedule a free case review in Denver.